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Grovetown High School students bring first musical to stage

Posted: April 18, 2015 - 11:06pm
Grovetown High School students practice for the group's first musical, Hairspray Jr., which will be presented Friday and Saturday at the school.  Photo by Charmain Brackett
Photo by Charmain Brackett
Grovetown High School students practice for the group's first musical, Hairspray Jr., which will be presented Friday and Saturday at the school.

Hairspray Jr. might have upbeat music and a positive message, but that’s not what excites members of the Grovetown High School cast the most about their upcoming production.

“This is our first musical, and I’m so excited that I’m playing such a big part in it,” said Casey Andrews, a junior playing the role of Tracy Turnblad in the musical, which is a more family-friendly version of the show Hairspray.

Tracy’s dream is to dance on the popular Corny Collins television show and when she gets a spot on it, she goes from being an outcast to becoming a star. With her new fame, she works to integrate a TV network, according www.broadwayjr.com.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, the play deals with themes of racism and discrimination. It will be presented Thursday through Saturday at the school’s auditorium. The cast of about 30 has spent most of the school year working on the play to ensure a successful musical theater debut.

“This is an incredible way to showcase the talent at this school,” said Dee Alton, a drama teacher who is also playing the role of Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mother. Alton and chorus teacher Angela Cleary have teamed up to produce the show. While the show has fun moments, there is conflict among the characters as not all of them are happy about Tracy’s success.

“Every show’s got to have a villain,” said Caitlyn Wyatt, who is playing the role of Velma Von Tussle, the producer of the Corny Collins Show.

And while Caitlyn can say nothing good about the her character, she is looking forward to the show itself.

“It’s our first musical, and it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

In addition to the high school cast, there are several Columbia Middle School pupils helping with the show. Alton said it was a good way to bridge the gap between the two school’s drama programs.

Hairspray Jr. will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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